5 LGBTQ Candidates Locked in Close Races to Watch

The candidates are fighting hard to be part of the blue wave in the midterm elections.

There are a record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office this year, and some are locked in tight races that are coming down to the wire. Here are candidates to watch on election night, and for whom last minute phone banking and donation will be most useful for those who wish to help them successfully cross the finish line.

  1. Tammy Baldwin

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    Tammy Baldwin is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. She is the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Senate, and the first woman to serve in the role from her state. Previously, she served three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly, and spent 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is running against Leak Vukmir, a member of the Wisconsin Senate, who also served in the Wisconsin Assembly, and a Trump supporter. Baldwin is predicted to win, but some polls have shown it to be a tight race.
  2. Kate Brown

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    Kate Brown, who identifies as bisexual, is the first and only openly LGBTQ governor in the country. This would be her first full term as governor. Prior to her life in politics, Brown worked as a child advocate and a juvenile and family law attorney, as well as teaching at Portland State University. She also co-founded the Oregon Women’s Health & Wellness Alliance. Brown is running against Knute Buehler, currently serving as the Oregon State Representative for the 54th district. She is favored to win reelection, but Buehler has begun to close the gap.
  3. Kyrsten Sinema

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    Kyrsten Sinema is running to become the first openly bisexual member of the U.S. Senate, and the first female senator from from Arizona. Sinema has served in both chambers of the State Legislature, and is currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 9th congressional district. Sinema is running against Martha McSally, the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district, and polls show them locked in a virtual tie.
  4. Katie Hill

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    Katie Hill is running to become the only LGBTQ woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the Executive Director of PATH, a nonprofit fighting homelessness. She told NBC News she decided to run for office for the first time because of the Trump administration’s actions. Hill is running against Steve Knight, serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 25th congressional district, whom she is narrowly trailing according to polls.
  5. Lauren Baer

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    Lauren Baer is an attorney and foreign policy expert who served as an official in the Obama Administration, working as a senior advisor to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, as well to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. If she wins, she will be the first lesbian elected to Congress from Florida. Baer is running against incumbent Brian Mast, whom she has been trailing throughout the campaign. Polls show the race tightening, however.

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